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Coherence Review Coherence follows a group of friends that congregate for a dinner party the same night a comet is scheduled to fly through the night sky. The dinner party patrons quickly realize something is wrong when the power goes out as the comet flies by. Soon nothing, or more accurately no one, is as they seem. Coherence was like a blend of +1 and The Invitation. +1 in plot and The Invitation in the psychological thriller approach. In fact, it was so close in concept and delivery to these two films, I felt I was simultaneously watching an original film and a remake at the same time. +1 and Coherence came out in the same year, which doesn't surprise me considering the overwhelming simi

Disarmingly Charming

Proxy Review Proxy follows a young woman who loses her unborn child to a violent crime. As she inevitably fails to gather her life back together, she catalyzes a series of events that affects those around her with disturbing consequences. Proxy, frankly, caught me off guard. It was perhaps the most calm and collected delivery of disturbing material I have ever seen. Perhaps a sociopath could find a way through this film unscathed, but should one truly dive into the material, the actions of our characters feel real enough that it could actually happen. It's like the film was solving those mysteries on the news of, "and then he killed three people", but you don't like the truth. The film manag

Geriatric Inquisition

Dementia Review Dementia follows George, an elderly war vet who, after being diagnosed with dementia, must live with an in-house nurse (Michelle) with sinister intentions. He is forced to determine what happenings in his house are caused by his dementia or by the malevolent behavior from his live-in nurse. With the help of his estranged granddaughter, George tries to solve the mystery of Michelle's plans before it's too late. The war vet angle isn't unusual in the horror genre. One of the more enjoyable films that comes to mind is House (1986). Dementia is nothing like that movie, so I don't know why I brought it up. Or perhaps I was just trying to reminisce on a movie I was entertained by..

Dark Disney

The Curse of Sleeping Beauty Review The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is a dark retelling of the fantasy classic. Most popularly imagined in the Disney animated film, Curse is a morbid reincarnation that takes the story of misconstrued sexual deviance and makes it into a more horror-oriented affair. It follows a young man as he inherits his uncle's old mansion and experiences visions of a beautiful young woman, which leads him down a dark path to solve the mystery of his family's past and the young woman in his dreams. The film had some pretty nice set pieces and focused a great deal on practical effects during its most frightening moments. This was most evident with its use of the mannequins. Th

Taking Notes

13 Cameras Review 13 Cameras follows an expecting couple as they rent a new home and are unknowingly recorded by hidden cameras installed by the home's landlord. As the couple struggles to hold their marriage together, the landlord, Gerald, becomes increasingly more disturbed, and courageous, in his pursuit of invading the privacy of others. With every fiber of my being, I wish this movie had started in the security camera store. It was the perfect introduction into this film. The opening sequence with the dozens of hidden camera shots, cheesily set to mouse clicks, with flashes of statistics about security camera purchases and being unknowingly filmed was weak, tropy, and frankly so laughab

Living Hell

Baskin Review Baskin is a Turkish film that follows a squad of cops as they investigate a call to a remote town, only to discover a Hellish cult and what seemingly becomes a gateway to Hell itself. The oft-amoral and immoral group of police officers quickly come to terms with their predicament when the cultists of this underground Black Mass wreak havoc. Baskin has received many parallels to Hellraiser. And while I definitely see the resemblance in places, they are entirely different films in my opinion. I have a great appreciation of Hellraiser, and while I feel the special effects have aged well, if we're being honest, the acting and some of the script did not. Baskin sports a stronger cas

Warning: Cortex Disturbance

Darling Review Darling follows a young woman who becomes the caretaker of an old house and begins to go insane seemingly from the house's haunting nature. Filmed in a Hitchcock-esque black & white style, the film is heavy on the psychological tension and sudden, minimalistic imagery. This film finds itself in that awkward sweet spot of that runtime of just over an hour. It's too long to be a short and a bit short for a conventional runtime, but the plot plays out at just the right pace so it's hard to argue with the choice. I haven't committed to whether or not I found the black & white approach as necessary, but I lean to it being a welcomed addition rather than a distraction. The epilepsy-

Attention Deficit Horror Disorder

The Vatican Tapes Review Director Mark Neveldine is most commonly known for his choppy, twitchy action flicks like Crank and Gamer. When he dipped his toe in horror with the Ghost Rider sequel, he decided the water was a good temperature and dove in with The Vatican Tapes. And the result was a mixed bag that eventually fell short of what Neveldine's style could offer. The Vatican Tapes follows Angela (Olivia Dudley) as she is possessed by an evil spirit. Her boyfriend (John Amedori) and father (Dougray Scott) get the help of a couple of priests (Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou) to try and exorcise the demon. What ensues is your conventional possession film that doesn't stray too far from the us

Texas Chainsaw Brunch

Road Games Review How was hitchhiking ever a thing? Doesn't it seem ill-conceived to pick up or be picked up by a complete stranger in the middle of nowhere? Have horror movies tainted my mindset so much that it baffles me that anyone would ever try it? When has it ever worked out, in any movie? It's an instant death sentence. But that doesn't stop our two main characters in Road Games, Jack and Veronique, from hitchhiking across France. Poor Jack doesn't have a choice, as his story of betrayal and abandonment has left him no choice. Veronique finds herself in a similar boat, and they begin a semi-romantic journey together to get to England. Of course, they have to hitchhike along the way, a

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